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Gluklya: Drawings on Babi’s Paper (2021)

From left to right:

    1. We Are Here

At the start of this year Khalid Jone, one of the leaders of We Are Here movement, visited Gluklya’s studio. I was very happy to meet him as after Carnival of the Opressed Feeling from 2017 we have not sustained the dialogue. I explained to him the idea of dealing with mattresses outside (writing questions on them), as I saw a lot of them in the streets of Amsterdam. Since Pandemic started people are throwing a lot of stuff out, more than ever and especially mattresses. What a perfect place to write messages, imagine!


   2. Free Angelika Artuh!

Navalny protest in Russia brought a lot of sorrow and damage to people and my friend, a cinema critic and teacher of University being brought to Sakharov detention near Moscow for 12 days.

This image of her came just spontaneous as a was so sad to read she was imprisoned that I wish to her a bit a superpower, to be strong as a magic bird.

I was not related to particular bird in the Russian or other kind of mythology but it is rather a hybrid image of all magic birds all together. It might be seen as a mixture of The phoenix, Zhar-ptitsa and Garuda.

The phoenix

The phoenix (/ˈfiːnɪks/; Ancient Greek: φοῖνιξ, phoînix) is a long-lived bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again. 


The most famous and late bird in the world of Russian folk fantasy is the Zhar-ptitsa, which has adopted some properties of many other fairy tale birds. Its prototype was obviously the Phoenix. Resembling a peacock, she also lives in the beautiful Garden of Eden of Iria in a golden cage, from which she flies out only at night. Her golden feathers can shine in the darkness and affect human sight, but at the same time, the Firebird gives the blind back their ability to see, and her singing cures the sick. When she sings, pearls fall from her beak. The Firebird feeds on golden apples, which give her eternal youth, beauty and immortality. Perhaps that’s why fairy tale heroes have hunted for it, and musicians and artists have praised it in their works. 


Garuda, also Galon or Nan Belu in Burmese and Karura in Japanese, is a legendary bird or bird-like creature in Hindu, Buddhistand Jain faith. He is variously the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, a dharma-protector and Astasena in Buddhism, and the Yaksha of the Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha. The Brahminy kite is considered as the contemporary representation of Garuda.

Garuda is described as the king of birds and a kite-like figure. He is shown either in zoomorphic form (giant bird with partially open wings) or an anthropomorphic form (man with wings and some bird features). Garuda is generally a protector with the power to swiftly go anywhere, ever watchful and an enemy of the serpent. He is also known as Tarkshya and Vynateya.

Garuda is a part of state insignia in India, Thailand, and Indonesia. The Indonesian official coat of arms is centered on the Garuda. The national emblem of Indonesia is called Garuda Pancasila. The Indian Air Force also uses the Garuda in their coat of arms and named their special operations unit after it as Garud Commando Force.


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